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  • Wynton Marsalis Trumpets Youth, Musical Diversity At Annual London Residency

    Posted on July 4th, 2014 in Review

    The solo played by U.S. jazzman Wynton Marsalis to close his now-annual residency at London’s Barbican this week was a rare personal moment in what was otherwise a master class in sharing the limelight. In lieu of a full-fledged encore with his 14-strong Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), Marsalis entertained with a small combo, delighting an already bouncing crowd with swooping scales of trumpet.   Keep reading »

  • The JLCO With Wynton Marsalis as part of Summerstage Kids presents: Queens Family Day

    Posted on June 30th, 2014 in Concerts

    Free Family Concert: The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis As Part Of Summerstage Kids Presents: Queens Family Day   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis & JLCO Dance Among the Gravestones

    Posted on June 20th, 2014 in Profiles & Interviews

    Jazz at Lincoln Center traffics in ghost stories as a matter of course, fashioning living memorials to long-gone masters of America’s indigenous art form. So it was no great shock that the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis seemed at home on June 11 playing amid the gravestones of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Live Annotates a Duke Ellington Song

    Posted on June 12th, 2014 in Profiles & Interviews

    What better guide to the music of Duke Ellington than Wynton Marsalis? And here he is doing it live, improvised on WNYC. On Monday’s show, Marsalis was on to discuss the history of NYC Jazz (and why so many Jazz greats are buried at Woodlawn Cemetary), and Brian played him a bunch of great music by local legends. Here’s our favorite moment, when Wynton walks us through Duke’s “Concerto for Cootie” and lead trumpeter Cootie Williams’ inimitable style. You’ll also hear from Woodlawn historian Susan Olson. Be sure to listen to the full segment here.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis on Woodlawn Cemetery’s “Jazz Corner”

    Posted on June 11th, 2014 in Profiles & Interviews

    Jazz great after Jazz great has requested to be buried near “Duke” Ellington. So now, Miles Davis, Celia Cruz, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, and many others can all be found in Woodlawn Cemetery’s unofficial “Jazz Corner.” A concert at Woodlawn is being held tonight in celebration of these Jazz giants. Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter, composer, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Susan Olson, Woodlawn Cemetery historian, weigh in on their legacy and NYC’s jazz history.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s Keynote Address at Tulane University’s Commencement 2014

    Posted on May 20th, 2014 in Speech, Video | 2

    Here at home in New Orleans, we have a tradition of starting important gigs by calling out the names of legendary musicians from the past. In evoking the memory of legendary artists, this roll call inspires a higher level of performance. In 2007, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra went on tour with Odaadaa!, a group from Ghana led by master drummer Yacub Addy. Each concert started with a long roll call of distinguished ancestors chanted and spoken in Ga, their native tongue. At the end of the chant, Mr. Addy would say “Trah trah o manyaba.” Whereupon we would say Yow!   Keep reading »

  • JALC Partners With Harlem Children’s Zone And Mr. Aubrey’s Show Kids To Present Uptown Family Swing

    Posted on May 19th, 2014 in Concerts

    On June 14 at 5:00pm, Jazz at Lincoln Center will partner with The Harlem Children’s Zone to present Uptown Family Swing, a free community concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Mr. Aubrey’s Show Kids. Director and choreographer Aubrey Lynch II will choreograph a group of students ages 8 to17 from various Harlem and Washington Heights schools, including Harlem Children’s Zone, who will dance to music performed by the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis. In addition, dance students from various New York City dance institutions, including Steps on Broadway, The Ailey School, and American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, will participate in the concert.   Keep reading »

  • Jookin’ star Charles “Lil Buck” Riley takes street dance to world stage

    Posted on May 13th, 2014 in Video

    When you think about traditional street performers, you might not imagine them dancing with the legendary New York City Ballet. But one dancer who has done just that. Jookin’ is a Memphis street dance usually performed to rap music, CBS News cultural correspondent Wynton Marsalis explained. But when Charles “Lil Buck” Riley got hold of it, he added a style and grace all his own. And now he’s taking that dance form from the streets to the world stage.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Announces Winners of 19th Essentially Ellington Competition 2014

    Posted on May 11th, 2014 in News | 2

    New York, NY (May 10, 2014) Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the top high school jazz bands in the nation who took the highest honors tonight at the prestigious 19th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival (EE) at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. First Place: Tucson Jazz Institute, Tucson, AZ Second Place: Jazz House Kids, Montclair, NJ Third Place: Dillard Center for the Arts,  Fort Lauderdale, FL Honorable Mention: Garfield High School, Seattle, WA   Keep reading »

  • Full video report: Essentially Ellington Competition 2014

    Posted on May 10th, 2014 in Concerts | 1

    Re-watch the full events of Essentially Ellington Competition 2014   Keep reading »